Are you confident that your hazardous waste transportation company is adequately disposing of your hazardous waste streams?
If not, you should be.
Because according to federal regulations, the Resource and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), hazardous waste generators maintain liability for their waste from “cradle to grave.”
This means that waste generators have “complete” responsibility for compliance with the RCRA regulations for the hazardous waste they generate from its initial generation, its transportation and to its final disposal.
In addition to RCRA required hazardous waste manifests, experienced hazardous waste transporters should be in the habit of providing generators with a certificate of disposal.
While not required by regulation, a certificate of disposal provides generators with a method of tracking their loads of hazardous waste to provide the confidence that they have been disposed of properly, and a knowledge of where the waste has been disposed of.
Shouldn’t the manifest handle all of that?
While it’s true that that information should be indicated on the manifest, there are times that unscrupulous transporters will say one thing to the generator and actually dispose of the waste somewhere else.
This could cause the generator severe legal problems.
When working with your hazardous waste transporter, here are items to look for on a certificate of disposal template.
The following 10 items should be included:
Ensuring that all federal and state regulations are being met should be the highest priority when managing your hazardous waste streams. Even if you need additional security precautions for certified product disposal, the certificate should be the bare minimum you should insist on.
Working with an experienced and properly licensed and insured hazardous waste disposal company will provide you with the comfort and assurance that the job is being done properly.